How I discovered my top 15 artists.


25 oct. 2011, 20h54m

I should really be doing my university assignments, but I get so easily distracted and here I find myself writing a journal. I need to focus! After this, after this. Basically, I thought I would write a little journal on how I discovered my top 15 artists (by plays) on Pretty much because I thought it would be interesting and because I want to.

The Birthday Massacre (1,955 plays)
Discovered while dossing in college back in the middle of 2010. Me and my friend (cassidy_akira) were in the library, on the computers and watching videos on YouTube. After watching an AMV, another video titled The Birthday Massacre MEP was listed in the related section at the side. So I clicked on that and the rest is history. This is the video.

Nightwish (1,586 plays)
This is going back quite some time, many, many years ago. I most likely discovered Nightwish through music channels on televison or just the internet in general.

Crystal Castles (1,396 plays)
Recommended by a friend (pinkoctupus) back in the middle-ish of 2010. I immediately became unbelievably addicted. First song I listened to was Baptism, second one was Untrust Us.

Capsule (1,258 plays)
Indirectly through anime, which got me into the Japanese music scene. When I branched into electronic music, Capsule were already a band I was aware of. I first checked them out in February 2011, fell in love and never looked back.

Ludovico Einaudi (931 plays)
Discovered Ludovico Einaudi in 2007-ish through the film This Is England, which uses many of his tracks which still remain my favourites to this day, including Dietro Casa and Fuori dal mondo.

Avril Lavigne (869 plays)
I feel Avril needs no explanation. Everyone knows Avril. I probably discovered her through a mix of television and radio many years ago. I still love her.

久石譲 (859 plays)
Discovered through the films of Takeshi Kitano and Hayao Miyazaki (Joe Hisaishi provided the music for many of their films), but it was the soundtrack to Kitano's film Kikujiro that gripped me the most and convinced me to check out his other work. I now consider Joe Hisaishi my favourite film composer ever.

Moby (719 plays)
Probably discovered indirectly through my dad, who happened to be playing one of his albums (most likely Play) when I was around. This was a long time ago.

Radical Face (580 plays)
Discovered through the Nikon advert that used Radical Face's song Welcome Home. First time I saw the advert I instantly had to know the song. So I searched the net, found the title and artist and listened to it over and over again. Then I checked out the album Ghost, by then I was hooked. The works of Electric President soon followed.

Enya (504 plays)
Discovered while searching around for information on The Lord of the Rings soundtrack yonks ago. We're talking 2005-ish. As you may know, Enya provided music for The Fellowship of the Ring.

Andy Hunter° (467 plays)
Discovered through an AMV by Nostromo way back in 2007-ish. The AMV remains one of my favourites to this day. Here it is.

Rammstein (417 plays)
I can't begin to fathom where or how I discovered Rammstein, but generally I am going to say the internet and Kerrang.

Curly Giraffe (385 plays)
Discovered early 2011 through the Japanese film Confessions, which used his song Peculiarities in the amazing slow motion opening scene after the lengthy (but phenomenal) introduction. Peculiarities was all I listened to from Curly Giraffe for a few months, until I checked out his other work around August-ish.

Depeche Mode (352 plays)
I'm going to say radio and television, many years ago.

Parallels (346 plays)
Finally, a band I actually discovered through I came across Parallels in July-ish 2011 when looking for new electronic artists to check out.

Well, there you have it.


  • Whelanmk

    Cool variety there!

    27 nov. 2011, 20h09m
  • Toukey

    Thank you! (:

    29 nov. 2011, 3h56m
  • Smurps

    That's the same way I discovered Ludovico Einaudi. Great film, great artist. :)

    26 déc. 2011, 20h59m
  • Toukey

    Indeed! I've discovered a lot of good music from This Is England and its sequels in addition to Ludovico Einaudi, including Clayhill's cover of Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want and Fionn Regan's Dogwood Blossom.

    29 déc. 2011, 0h19m
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